Q: How do you switch cat litter?
A: As with any changes to any aspect of a cat’s life, you will want to do so slowly. Food changes, litter box location changes, new furniture additions, etc. needs to happen over the course of a few days to a few weeks. Depending on how sensitive to changes your feline is will determine the length of the transition period.
For kitty litter changes, start by adding a small amount to the already established box with old litter. Do not empty out the old litter and change abruptly, as this can upset your feline and cause litter box aversion or elimination outside of the box. Over the course of a week or so, you can start to add more of the new litter and add less of the old.
For example, add a cup of the new litter sprinkled over the top of the litter box. Allow your feline to adjust to the new type and watch for aversion or inappropriate elimination. If they seem to accept the new kind and are not bothered at all, keep adding more of the new litter every few days. Slowly take out some of the old and add more of the new every 3 days. If you notice your cat is upset at any point, just slow down the process or even take a few steps back.
Over the course of a week or two you should be able to slowly phase out the old litter and end up with all of the new.
As with any changes there is a chance your feline will not like the new litter or food, so listen to your furry friend and if they are happy with their food or litter or become stressed or upset with the change, you may need to switch back and take the transition even slower.
Remember, most cats prefer a litter that is scent-free, dust-free, and soft of the paws. Litters that are scented, or pellet-like aren’t always what is best for your feline. Clay litters kick up a lot of dust and can create upper respiratory complications later in life.
Last note, please remember to scoop often and keep your cat’s bathroom as clean as possible. :)
My personal preference for litter is World's Best Cat Litter. For litter boxes I love the Modkat litter boxes at modkat.com :)